Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville) issued the following statement today regarding the current situation involving exotic animals on the loose in Muskingum County. "In light of this unforeseen and highly dangerous situation, I wish to emphasize the importance of heeding the safety precautions being put forth by our emergency workers and law enforcement officials. Specifically, I urge all residents to stay indoors today and to call 911 should they spot any of the wild animals that are being sought after. Many of the escaped animals are dangerous and pose a potential threat to citizens." "Great progress was made overnight in addressing this unique situation, and I wish to commend Sheriff Matt Lutz and his deputies for their outstanding efforts in maintaining the public's safety. I am confident that the actions taken by Sheriff Lutz and the deputies proved to be vital in protecting our citizens. In addition, I would like to thank the State Highway Patrol, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the state Division of Wildlife, local firefighters and emergency responders, and authorities from the Wilds and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for sharing their expertise and working together to remedy the problem." "Again, please keep an eye on local news stations and outlets for up-to-date information and safety tips related to this situation."
Senator Balderson represents the 20th Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties
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